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Books in Avon Camelot Book series

  • Someday Angeline

    Louis Sachar

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Aug. 30, 2005)
    Nobody understands why Angeline is so smart. She could read the first time she picked up a book, she can play the piano without ever having had a lesson, and she even knows what the weather is going to be. But being smart is causing Angeline nothing but trouble. The mean kids in school call her a freak, her teacher finds her troublesome, and even her own father doesn't know what to do with an eight-year-old girl who seems to be a genius. Angeline doesn't want to be either a genius or a freak. She just wants the chance to be herself and be happy. But it's only when she makes friends with a boy the kids call "Goon" and the teacher they call "Mr. Bone" that Angeline gets that chance.
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  • A Kids' Guide to America's Bill of Rights: Curfews, Censorship, and the 100-Pound Giant

    Kathleen Krull, Anna DiVito

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Oct. 6, 1999)
    Which 462 words are so important that they've changed American history more than once? The Bill of Rights: the first ten amendments to the Constitution, the crucial document that spells out how the United States is to be governed. Packed with anecdotes and sidebars, case studies, suggestions for further reading, and humorous illustrations, Kathleen Krull's introduction to the Bill of Rights brings a little understood topic vividly to life.Find out what the Bill of Rights is and how it affects your daily life in this fascinating look at the history, significance, and mysteries of these laws that protect the individual freedoms of everyone—even young people.Supports the Common Core State Standards
  • Baseball Fever

    Johanna Hurwitz

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Feb. 2, 2000)
    Ezra Feldman, almost ten, likes baseball more than anything else in the world. But his father cannot understand why his son would rather rot his brains watching men swinging big wooden sticks than read a book or play chess. Can an unwanted car trip, a grumpy old professor, and a surprising chess victory help father and son find a little common ground--and convince Ezra's dad that cheering for the national pastime isn't completely off base?Ezra Feldman, almost ten, likes baseball more than anything else in the world. But his father cannot understand why his son would rather rot his brains watching men swinging big wooden sticks than read a book or play chess. Can an unwanted car trip, a grumpy old professor, and a surprising chess victory help father and son find a little common ground--and convince Ezra's dad that cheering for the national pastime isn't completely off base?
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  • Behind the Attic Wall

    Sylvia Cassedy

    Paperback (HarperColl, March 1, 1985)
    They were watching...and waitingAt twelve, Maggie had been thrown out of more boarding schools than she cared to remember. "Impossible to handle," they said -- nasty, mean, disobedient, rebellious, thieving -- anything they could say to explain why she must be removed from the school.Maggie was thin and pale, with shabby clothes and stringy hair, when she arrived at her new home. "It was a mistake to bring her here," said Maggie's great-aunts, whose huge stone house looked like another boarding school -- or a prison. But they took her in anyway. After all, aside from Uncle Morris, they were Maggie's only living relatives.But from behind the closet door in the great and gloomy house, Maggie hears the faint whisperings, the beckoning voices. And in the forbidding house of her ancestors, Maggie finds magic...the kind that lets her, for the first time, love and be loved.
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  • My Own Two Feet: A Memoir

    Beverly Cleary

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Oct. 1, 1996)
    The New Yorker called Beverly Cleary's first volume of memoirs, A Girl From Yamhill, a warm, honest book, as interesting as any novel. Now the creator of the classic children's stories millions grew up with continues her own fascination story. Here is Beverly Cleary, from college years to the publication of her first book. It is a fascinating look at her life and a writing career that spans three generations, continuing to capture the hearts and imaginations of children of all ages throughout the world.
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  • The Gentleman Outlaw and Me--Eli

    Mary Downing Hahn

    Paperback (HarperTrophy, Oct. 15, 1997)
    Twelve-year-old Eliza Yates, disguised as a boy named Eli, escapes the cruel relatives who have made her servant and meets up with Calvin Featherbone, a charming young con-man who takes her on a series of adventures in the Old West. Reprint.
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  • The Luckiest Girl

    Beverly Cleary

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Jan. 2, 2007)
    Falling in Love . . .Shelly fells as if she's living in a fantasyland. She's spending the school year in southern California, where flowers bloom in November, oranges grow on trees, and lawns are mowed in winter. When the star of the basketball team smiles at her, Shelly feels as if she's been touch by magic. Now she's about to discover the magic of falling in love!A bittersweet story of first love from one of America's most beloved children's authors.
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  • A Haunting in Williamsburg

    Lou Kassem

    Paperback (HarperCollins, May 1, 1990)
    At first Jayne thought she was dreaming. Staying in colonial Williamsberg in a house one owned by her ancestors, She was used to seeing peple dressed in old-fashion costumes...but not in the middle of the night, not standing at the foot of her bed...The trouble stranger was Sally Custis, a young girl who once lived in the house. She was haunted by a terrible wrong she had done over 200 years ago and she begged Jayne to help her set it right. But little did Jayne know when she steeped among the dead in the darkened old graveyard, that a chilling hand of evil would reach out to stop her from discovering a long buried truth...
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  • Orphan Journey Home

    Liza Ketchum

    Hardcover (HarperColl, March 1, 2000)
    When Jesse's parents decide to abandon their Illinois farm and return to their first home in Kentucky, Jesse is happy at the thought of seeing her grandmother again. Her older brother, Moses, would rather travel west, where the prairie goes on forever. He hates the idea of returning to a slave state and joins the family only reluctantly. But just a few days into their journey, Mama and Papa both die of the milk sickness.Now Jesse, Moses, and the two younger children are orphans, and must make the long journey on their own, in a pioneer world where orphan children can be bound out and forced to live as indentured servants until they are grown. Armed with a letter of protection from their father and the heart and will to survive, the children brave the wilderness. They don't know whom to trust. Will they ever find their way to Kentucky? And when they do, will they have a home?When Jesse's parents decide to abandon their Illinois farm and return to their first home in Kentucky, Jesse is happy at the thought of seeing her grandmother again. Her older brother, Moses, would rather travel west, where the prairie goes on forever. He hates the idea of returning to a slave state and joins the family only reluctantly. But just a few days into their journey, Mama and Papa both die of the milk sickness.Now Jesse, Moses, and the two younger children are orphans, and must make the long wagon journey on their own, in a pioneer world where orphan children can be bound out and forced to live as indentured servants until they are grown. Armed with a letter of protection from their father and the heart and will to survive, the children brave the wilderness. They don't know whom to trust. Will they ever find their way to Kentucky? And when they do, will they have a home?When Jesse's parents decide to abandon their Illinois farm and return to their first home in Kentucky, Jesse is happy at the thought of seeing her grandmother again. Her older brother, Moses, would rather travel west, where the prairie goes on forever. He hates the idea of returning to a slave state and joins the family only reluctantly. But just a few days into their journey, Mama and Papa both die of the milk sickness.Now Jesse, Moses, and the two younger children are orphans, and must make the long wagon journey on their own, in a pioneer world where orphan children can be bound out and forced to live as indentured servants until they are grown. Armed with a letter of protection from their father and the heart and will to survive, the children brave the wilderness. They don't know whom to trust. Will they ever find their way to Kentucky? And when they do, will they have a home?
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  • Can of Worms

    Kathy MacKel

    Hardcover (Camelot, April 1, 1999)
    Imaginative seventh-grader Mike Pillsbury, a misfit youngster who daydreams of outer space and alien encounters, accidentally summons a motley crew of extraterrestrial visitors and finds himself caught in the middle of an intergalactic conflict that could have a profound impact on life on Earth.
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  • Bet You Can't!

    Vicki Cobb, Kathy Darling

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Feb. 1, 1983)
    With this collection of irresistible bets, you can team up with science and be a winner every time. Stump your family, friends, or favorite enemy with these deceptively simple dares. They're all impossible to perform thanks to principles of gravity, mechanics, fluids, logic, energy and perception. For every trick -- whether it be blowing up a balloon in a bottle or kissing your elbow -- the authors reveal the natural cause at work that guarantees human defeat.Here's an entertaining and enticing introduction to basic scientific principles that proves yet another: science can be fun!WINNER OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCE'S CHILDREN'S SCIENCE BOOK AWARD
  • Alligator Wrestling and You: An Impractical Guide to an Impossible Sport

    Louis Phillips

    Paperback (Camelot, July 1, 1992)
    A humorous guide to alligator wrestling teaches young readers how to practice on their little siblings, why it is fun to order an alligator through the mail, how to turn their rooms into swamps, and more. Original.